Hearts raise more than £1m in share offer but still have a shortfall to make up
Hearts have praised fans despite falling short of their target at the end of their eight-week long share offer.
Last Updated: 20/12/12 1:39pm
The offer closed on Wednesday and the club revealed on Thursday that more than £1.05m had been raised, some way short of the £1.79m they were targeting.
The troubled SPL club also raised £161,000 in unbudgeted ticket sales for the matches against St Mirren, Aberdeen and Celtic but urged supporters to continue rallying behind them for the rest of the season.
Director Sergejus Fedotovas said: "We cannot thank all the 4,000 and more supporters who bought shares enough together with all those who bought tickets and raised funds for the club.
"They have given the club a lifeline in its darkest hours. There is still significant work to be done but this time there is a tangible focus that simply involves fans getting back to what they do best and that is supporting the team at Tynecastle in great numbers.
"We will continue to raise funds through our donation telephone line and online through the club website as well as encouraging more fundraising events.
"However the best way that we can all push through this difficult situation is by supporting the team and buying half season tickets and match tickets.
"Together we can emerge a leaner, stronger football club and I expect that the supporters will be the ultimate beneficiaries as we progress towards making Hearts a club that is one of the most progressive and supporter-centric in the country.
"Once again I would reiterate that the support has been magnificent and those that have invested can be proud of what they have done for Heart of Midlothian Football Club. If I could shake every one of their hands I would.
"We are now half way there and our work must continue. With your support and only with your support will this club survive and thrive."
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